Pupils brave down­pours to com­plete big ex­pe­di­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

AD­VEN­TUR­OUS pupils donned wa­ter­proofs and wellies in their quest to gain their Duke of Ed­in­burgh bronze award.

The prac­tice ex­pe­di­tion for the Year 10 Deep­ings School pupils took place ear­lier this month, af­ter weeks of prepa­ra­tion in the class­room.

They awoke to pour­ing rain which was set to last all week­end but ploughed on un­de­terred. The groups started off from Mor­risons car park in Stam­ford and, on day one, the aim was to get to Sacrewell Farm be­fore it got too dark,

The groups suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­ated their way through Bar­nack and ar­rived safely at the camp­site to yet an­other down­pour.

A break in the clouds al­lowed the pupils to cook their meals by the camp­fire be­fore an early night in the tent to rest their weary legs.

The weather bright­ened up for the sec­ond day and the groups’ nav­i­ga­tion skills were tested as they had to find teach­ers at var­i­ous check­points be­tween Wans­ford and King’s Cliffe.

Most of the groups were able to make sense of their maps and, af­ter a cou­ple of mi­nor er­rors, they ar­rived at the fin­ish point in per­fect time ready to head home for a wel­learned rest.

Ev­ery­one man­aged to get through the ex­pe­di­tion suc­cess­fully and are now look­ing for­ward to the as­sessed ex­pe­di­tion later in the sum­mer.

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